Bahucharaji Temple or Becharaji is a temple town and the taluk capital of Mehsana district in the Indian state of Gujarat. The town is associated with the Hindu goddess Bahuchara Mata, who had worshipped as Bala. The Bahucharaji Temple timings are from 5.30 AM to 10 PM.
Sri Bahuchara Mata Temple in Becharaji is a destination for millions of devotees. It is the Shakti Peetha Mandir. Women who seek peace and prosperity at home highly regard the word of gift.
Bahuchara Mata is also the patron saint of the transvestite and eunuch society. The temple is an ancient pilgrimage associated with many stories. Manaji Gaikwad of Baroda built the present-day temple in 1783 after recovering from an illness.
The temple had housed in a courtyard protected by four gates. In addition to the major temple, two other temples had dedicated to the Goddess Bahuchara.
The first is Adhyasthan (original), near the Varakhadi tree where Mataji first appeared. The second is Madhyasthan (middle). Inside the complex are small temples dedicated to Nilakantha Mahadev, Sri Ganesh, Sri Hanuman and many more.
The main attractions are the Varakhadi tree where Mataji first appeared and the aurora-style gates. The major festivals celebrated here are Purnima (full moon day), Chaitra and Ashwin Navratri, Dussehra and Diwali.
According to the mythology, the monster Dandasura surrounded this polygamist and conquered the three worlds of Death, Song and Devalokam.
Then all the gods went to Paramba Devi to save them from a demon named Dandasur. Thus the goddess incarnated as a little girl because the demon received a boon from Shiva, and the goddess appeared in the form of a little girl against him.
At the Varakhadi tree, it had believed that the goddess first appeared as a little girl, hence the name Mani Bala Bahuchara. He killed the demon king Dandasura with a multi-skinned trident and brought peace to the gods and people of the world.
It had also believed that the hand of Bahu – Maa Devi Sati fell here in the Bahucharaji Temple, so it is also a famous Shakti Peetha. The main vehicle of the Goddess of Gifts is self-confidence.
A child machine made of crystal and encrusted with gold is worshipped here in the temple. Bahuchara Mata has a sword in her upper right hand, a text of scriptures in the upper left, an Abhaya handprint in the lower right and a trident in her lower left.
Polygamous as the goddess of fertility, pilgrims had taken to this place to fulfil vows and grant blessings. We had also believed that if any new child who does not speak eloquently is brought here and donates a chick to the mother (goddess) on his behalf, he will begin to speak eloquently in a few days.
The temple complex had divided into three parts;
- The original shrine was a small-leaved Varakhadi tree, where the Bahuchara Mata first appeared.
- The second is a small one adjoining the Varakhadi tree, on which a carved plaque represents the deity.
- The third structure is close to the original shrine, and today the main temple was built in 1783 by the Gaikwad ruler. Saint Kapildev and Kalari King Tejpal also assisted in the construction and reconstruction of the temple.
The Bahucharaji Temple Complex had beautifully decorated with stone sculptures and wall paintings. The south gate of the temple is the reservoir, where the miracle had believed to have taken place.
Bahucharaji Temple Timings
The Bahucharaji temple timings are from 5:30 AM to 10 PM. In the temple for Bahuchara Mata, two Aartis are performed in the morning and evening.
Places to visit
- Tharanga Hills Jain Temple locates at a distance of 120 km from Becharaji.
- Modhera Sun Temple locates at a distance of 15 km from Becharaji.
- Kirti Toran in Vadnagar locates at a distance of 70 km from Becharaji.
- Shankeshwar locates at a distance of 30 km from Becharaji.
- Rani Ki Waw in Patan had located at a distance of 50 km from Bahuchara Mata temple.
Best time to visit
Devotees from all over India come here throughout the year, especially on every Purnima – Poonam day, for our Bahucharaji blessings. On Chaitri Poonam, a five-day fair had organized here at Bahucharaji, and around 25 lakh devotees visited the Bahucharaji Temple.
The crowd of devotees at the temple is constantly increasing, so now Bahucharaji has a very good choice for accommodation and food.
There are hospices, hotels and resorts of all budgets to accommodate travellers. Devotees can visit the Sun Temple in Modhera and the Shankalpur Bahucharaji Temple during their visit to Bahucharaji, as it had located within a radius of 15 km.
How to reach
The nearest railway station to Mehsana Junction had located at a distance of 38 km from the temple.
The nearest airport is the Ahmedabad Airport, located at a distance of 103 km from the temple.
Bahucharaji Temple is 25 km from Modhera and 35 km from Mehsana.
Buses are available from many cities in Gujarat.
Other Distances from Becharaji:-
Patan: 49 km
Siddhapur: 77 km
Unjha: 63 km
Gandhinagar: 80 km
Ahmedabad: 90 km
Address and Contact
Bahucharaji Mata Temple Contact Number: 02734286521,02734286421
Address: Bahucharaji Temple, Near Bus Station